Comedy, coughing, a bug and a bit of boredom kept me away from myLot
July 4, 2017 8:37am CST
I've been on here very little since early April. There were a number of reasons for this. Firstly, I recently made a return to stand-up comedy and had my first spot for a very long time booked for 10 April. I spent time writing, editing and rehearsing my set for London. Although I didn't progress beyond my heat of the competition, I was delighted with the experience and response. I saw comedians who gig regularly get very little back from.the audience, whereas I got laughs. Afterwards a number of seasoned pros, including the compere, were very complimentary. Since then much of my focus has been on progressing further with this. Later in April I caught a cough which went on for weeks and laid me pretty low. It wasn't flu (I had a flu jab for the first time ever in January) but it made me pretty sluggish and I didn't feel like doing much once work and chores were completed. Then there was a different type of bug, the infuriating 'Aw snap!' that keeps coming up on Chrome and crashing pages, including every time I tried to log in here. It may be easy to fix on many devices but not on the Nook that I use to post here. In the end I installed Firefox. It seems slower and harder to edit but at least it lets me on here. And lastly, although I have never been the most prolific poster here, I must admit that I was getting a bit bored with it (sorry!) But having spent time away means that I come back here refreshed and can cherry-pick from weeks of members' discussions to respond to. (The fact that I was about 80% towards my next payout also helps!) What keeps you away from here? And what has been the biggest event for you over the past couple of months?
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A stand up comic... wow! I'd like to read more posts about your experiences if you don't mind. Life usually keeps me away from myLot. Sometimes, I go on a connection detox and just log off from technology and enjoy life as it should be. Not much happening in my life - a bit boring but that is how i like it.
• Bournemouth, England
It was a competition for older comedians (although the minimum age to enter was remarkably low!). We were allowed a fairly strictly timed 5 minutes. I wrote out the act, did a word count, edited, recorded at home, learned it and rehearsed. On the night I was just a few seconds under the 5 minutes.
• Bournemouth, England
Very self-effacing observations, stuff about my home town, oh, and Churchill, Gandhi and Clyde from 'Every Which Way But Loose' also put in an appearance! Many comedy competitions here are based on audience voting in the early heats so you can bring 10 friends who will vote for you, get no response and still go through to the next stage. I travelled 100 miles on my own. The organisers will also sometimes choose the odd wild card contestant but that didn't happen with me. Nevertheless, I travelled home feeling absolutely elated by the experience.
• United States
Being responsible for things in life, keeps me away from here even if I try (because I like the interactions) to show up 5 times a week . . . and the biggest event for me in the last couple of months would be landing a new contract for catering gigs end of May BUT right now (and since June 27th) we just have to wait for the college kids to go back to school so the Country Club can use us 'extra bar tenders' again . . .